#1
I want an $1000 guitar at guitar center, but i don't want to pay that much money plus tax! So i was thinking about haggleing the price down.
What is a good goal to pay for that guitar?
Got any tips on haggleing?

Thanks.
#2
First of all, dont be a dick to the salesman, its better if you're on their good side

And remember you wont be able to talk them down THAT MUCH, especially on a 1000 dollar guitar.

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First of all, dont be a dick to the salesman, its better if you're on their good side

And remember you wont be able to talk them down THAT MUCH, especially on a 1000 dollar guitar.

agree'd, you'll look like a humongous dick if you're going to try n be cheap, don't expect much help from them in the future if you're trying this...
#6
guitar center doesnt do deals anymore!!! pretty sure you wont be able to haggle them at all...
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#7
yes i can haggle
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#8
anyone can haggle. but GC does not make deals with anyone. ever. theyre too big and COOL to haggle with us now...even though they could afford to...
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#9
what type of guitar is it? they don't really negotiate on big name brands like fender.
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what type of guitar is it? they don't really negotiate on big name brands like fender.

yeah, it's a fender
#11
try a local music store, or see if guitar center will thrown in an upgraded case or something, but yeah i got my fender at guitar center and they really are hard to talk down on big name brands.
#12
GUITAR CENTER DOES NOT, I REPEAT, DOES NOT DO DEALS! you are either A. oblivious to the previous posts or B. living in the past
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yeah, it's a fender


fender has like, set prices for everything.


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fender has like, set prices for everything.


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That squirrel does look mighty smart...
#15
well just kiddin with ya... I don't have a GC anywhere near me but most big guitar shops in holland don't allow haggling, and judging by the other posts GC is pretty same with that
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guitar center doesnt do deals anymore!!! pretty sure you wont be able to haggle them at all...


True. they won't give you anything.
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GUITAR CENTER DOES NOT, I REPEAT, DOES NOT DO DEALS! you are either A. oblivious to the previous posts or B. living in the past


false.

I don't know if this scheme hasn't come to the GCs near me, but these guys wheel and deal all the time.
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#18
... my birthday i walked into guitar center and ended up buying 670 dollars worth of stuff but the kicker was i bought my first guitar, amp, warrenties, and I still had to pay for a basic tuner, picks, and inexpensive (9.99) strap
#19
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false.

I don't know if this scheme hasn't come to the GCs near me, but these guys wheel and deal all the time.


you're lucky because it's widley known now that GCs aren't doing this anymore
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#20
anyone will haggle if you try, i have got discounts at tesco before. you just need someone capable of doing the deal. 950$ may not be as good as 1000 but its better than nothing
#21
Quote by JLT73
false.

I don't know if this scheme hasn't come to the GCs near me, but these guys wheel and deal all the time.


I think it depends on a number of factors.

I always made deals with my local GC, however, just about a month or so ago, the person I normally always dealt with informed me that they no longer can haggle pricing.

It seems that GC stores have been kinda slow (individually) in adopting the policy. Don't exactly know why.

They still will match any price from any other retailer. Just make sure you have some sort of proof. It doesn't even have to be advertised. I was talking to a mom and pop store that I'm no longer near via email on various things and I managed to talk them real far down on a guitar plus a case that it normally wouldn't come with. To be honest, I really didn't want to drive all that way if I didn't have to, so I forwarded the email to the person I always dealt with in GC. Because the exact price and terms were indicated on the email, and because it was a legitimate email (from the other store), they matched it in price as well as even getting me a better case for the guitar than the other one was offering.

The other thing that you can do as far as dealing with GC is on trade-ins. although they won't outright drop the price on a straight purchase, if you're trading some equipment in, they'll work more on the price (or work more for the trade, whichever looks better on paper to them). Granted, it's still usually better to sell whatever you have outright, as you should make more money, but if you're having a hard time selling, or simply can't wait for whatever reason, it's another option to take.
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#22
EDIT: ^ good points too.

generally:

be nice not nasty, don't act like you expect them to throw it off or you'll get their backs up. act more like if it doesn't come down to the price you want, that's their prerogative to do so as you aren't expecting them to have to lose money on the deal, but you might not take it if they don't get low enough.

don't offer a ridiculously low-ball offer (or they'll know you aren't serious). if it's $1000, don't offer $200 or something like that, it needs to be close enough to the sticker price to show you aren't just trying to rob them.

if you can find a price elsewhere for cheaper, that's about the best bargaining chip you can have. bear in mind, you have to act like you're willing to go elsewhere, and perhaps walk away if they won't match it (or at least get close). there's not much point in finding a cheaper price from, say, australia.

if they won't throw money off, sometimes they might throw some other items in. this is only worthwhile if it's stuff you want or need, but it'd be better getting these than nothing.

if there are any marks, dents etc. you could try pointing those out to get the price a bit lower. of course if there are too many you might just decide not to buy the thing... there's no point in getting $5 off if it's looks like it's been dragged through a hedge backwards, lol.

probably some other i'm forgetting.
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